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A BURGLAR who was jailed last year for a series of burglaries in Canvey Island and Epping Forest has been ordered to repay £295,000 to eight victims.
Basildon Crown Court heard yesterday that 50-year-old David Buisson, from Ongar, had stolen mostly cash and jewellery, and was believed to have profited from his crimes to the tune of more than £1.25million.
Buisson carried out the burglaries between December 2015 and June 2017. One of his victims was millionaire businessman and TV’s Apprentice star Lord Sugar.
In April 2018, Essex Police executed warrants at addresses in Ongar and Woodford which were linked to Buisson, where they found drilling and lock-picking equipment.
Buisson fled to Spain, but was arrested in Fuengirola in April 2018 and extradited back to the UK.
He pleaded guilty to 11 burglaries and two attempted burglaries at a hearing in September 2018. He was jailed for eight years.
Yesterday’s hearing, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, resulted in a judge ordering Buisson to pay £294,973 back to some of his victims.
He must turn over the cash within three months or could see his sentence extended by four years.
Marie Hall, financial investigator for the Kent and Essex Serious Economic Crime Unit, said:
“Officers from Brentwood CID worked tirelessly with colleagues from across the force, including the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, to bring Buisson to justice.
“We have since been working hard to retrieve as much of the money he made from his crimes as possible.
“Buisson gave no thought to the distress he caused his victims, whom he targeted in a calculated way.”